Paul Lewis Abrams

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Paul Lewis Abrams
Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
Assumed office
January 14, 2002
Personal details
Born (1958-03-02) March 2, 1958 (age 61)
Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of California at Berkeley A.B.
Boalt Hall School of Law J.D.
ProfessionAttorney

Paul Lewis Abrams (born March 2, 1958) is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California and is a former nominee to be a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Biography[edit]

Abrams was born on March 2, 1958, in Los Angeles County, California.[1] He received an Artium Baccalaureus degree, cum laude, in 1979 from the University of California at Berkeley. He received a Juris Doctor in 1983 from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. He began his legal career as an associate at the law firm of Jeffer, Mangels & Butler (now Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Mitchell LLP) where he served from 1983 to 1985. From 1985 to 1987, he served as Director of the Bet Tzedek Legal Services' Valley Rights Project. He served as a Deputy Federal Public Defender in the Los Angeles Federal Public Defender's Office from 1987 to 2001, serving as a Supervising Deputy Federal Public Defender from 1992 to 2001. Since 2001, he has served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Central District of California, also serving as a judicial officer in the court's Conviction and Sentence Alternatives Program.[2]

Failed nomination to district court under Obama[edit]

On December 16, 2015, President Obama nominated Abrams to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, to the seat being vacated by Judge Dean D. Pregerson, who took senior status on January 28, 2016.[3][4] On May 18, 2016 the Judiciary Committee held a hearing on his nomination.[5] His nomination expired on January 3, 2017, with the end of the 114th Congress.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Birth Records".
  2. ^ "President Obama Nominates Four to Serve on the United States District Courts". whitehouse.gov. 16 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Congressional Record". www.congress.gov.
  4. ^ "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate". whitehouse.gov. 16 December 2015.
  5. ^ Statement, Download. "Nominations - United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary". www.judiciary.senate.gov.